New England QSO Party – May 4th and 5th

The NEQP is a great time to check out antenna systems and offers a moderately paced opportunity to work new states and countries.   You’ll find a wide variety of participants, from newcomers to experienced contesters, all interested in making contacts with New England stations.

We’re working to make sure that all of the New England counties are active again this year and would appreciate your help.  Get on for at least an hour or two and join in on the fun.  Please let me know if you can put in any time at all so we can work on activity from the rarest counties.   Will you be QRV?   Let us know which county you’ll be on from with a message to

Oh yes, the NEQP is also lots of fun when mobile.  Every time you cross a county line the action starts over again.   It’s amazing what a 100w radio and mobile whip can do.  

The QSO Party is 20 hours long overall, in two sections with a civilized break for sleep Saturday night.  It goes from 4pm Saturday until 1am Sunday, then 9am Sunday until 8pm Sunday.  Operate on CW, SSB and digital modes on 80-40-20-15-10 meters.   For each QSO you’ll give your callsign, a signal report and your county/state.   Top scorers can earn a plaque and everyone who makes 25 QSOs and sends in a log will get a certificate.

Last year we had logs from 166 New England stations and 387 more from around the country and world. 

The full NEQP rules are here ->

The 2018 results are posted (and the results since 2002 are also available) ->

It’s just a few weeks until the 2019 NEQP.   Please make some QSOs even if you don’t want to send in a log. Thanks!

   73 Tom/K1KI

Volunteer for the 2018 Angel Ride!

The final run of the Angel Ride benefitting the Hole In The Wall Gang camp will take place on Saturday, May 26th. CT ARES has been asked to participate again. A request from ARES call for licensed Amateur Radio operators:



After 15 years of an enormously successful charity bike ride, this year will be AngelRide’s Grand Finale! This will be the 11th year that the Connecticut Amateur Radio Emergency Service (CT ARES) has provided communications to support the riders.

The event format will be different from previous years. It will be a one day ride on Saturday, 26 May 2018, and take place within CT ARES Region 4. The ride will originate at the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp in Ashford and end in Mystic at the YMCA. Riders can get there by doing either a 50 or 75 mile route.

As an amateur radio operator who has previously supported this event or shown interest, I am inviting you to join us for the Grand Finale! We will be staffing various checkpoints along the two routes as well as the three rest stops. To participate you will need either a vehicle with a mobile radio or a GoBox based on a mobile radio. Portable/handheld analog radios will not do the job. Having DMR capability on the CT-ARES DMR Network would be a huge plus. Some loaner DMR equipment is available.

If you are interested and available to help, please reply to me at as soon as possible. You can find out more info about the event at the website. If you are going to participate, you will need to register as an ARES operator using the Volunteer tab.

If you are a member of a ham radio club that has an email reflector, please share this with your members – thanx!

If you have any questions, please ask away! Never stop climbing!!

Thanx & 73, Wayne Gronlund N1CLV

Assistant Section Manager

Assistant Section Emergency Coordinator

Connecticut Amateur Radio Emergency Service (CT ARES)

Cell: 860-917-6472  Email:  Website:

Communications is the link between problems and solutions.

Yankee Clipper Contest Club



The Yankee Clipper Contest Club Open House

 Sunday, April 12, 2015


 Sturbridge Host Hotel

366 Main Street

Sturbridge, MA 01566


Yankee Clipper Contest Club, one of the largest Ham Radio clubs in the Northeast, is proud to open it’s doors to the general Ham population of the area! We invite all hams to come and experience one of our meetings. We will be presenting special material, of interest to all hams who operate the HF bands, relating to design and construction of your ham radio station.


Presentations will include:


“Whats the Best HF Transceiver for Me? -A Radio Selection Strategy” 

                                    – by Brian Machesney, K1LI and others


            “Antenna Selection and Design- What’s Important” – by Joe Reisert, W1JR


YCCC is a club of over 350 members who are interested in Contesting. As such, we have developed a high level of expertise in station and antenna system design and HF transceiver selection, and would love to share this with the general ham community in the region. Whether you are just starting to put together your first station, or are well on your way, we’re certain you will pick up some great tips from these talks!


Please come and meet with our members, and hear some presentations that can have an immediate impact on the performance of your station!
We will also be selling raffle tickets to support the YCCC ARRL Youth Scholarship. Tickets will be sold for $25  per chance to win an Elecraft K3/100 Transceiver. We expect to hold the drawing at this meeting* – a lucky ham will go home with a new Elecraft K3/100 kit!


* Cash or checks accepted, no credit cards. YCCC reserves the right to delay the drawing until sufficient tickets have been sold to cover the prize and the donation.

Ham Radio Celebrates Hollywood-Sunday, September 28, 2014


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K6H – Special Event Radio Station – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Southern California based PAPA Repeater System will be reprising its popular special radio event! 

Under the call sign K6H, “Ham Radio Celebrates Hollywood” will be held on Sunday, September 28, 2014 from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm PST and originate from Stage 9 of the CBS Studio Center facility in Studio City, California.

Historic Stage 9 is the home of ABC’s hit TV show,  “Last Man Standing”, starring Tim Allen.  “Seinfeld”, “Spin City”, “According To Jim”, “Cane”, “The Cleaner” and “The Defenders” are among the shows that have been shot on the stage.

“Last Man Standing” has just been renewed for its 4th season and a number of the shows licensed radio operators will be on hand to host the PAPA members.

Many paths and modes will be available to contact the stage including HF, VHF, UHF, DSTAR, Echolink and IRLP.

This is not a contest, but a fun opportunity for amateur operators to talk directly to the stage on the equipment seen on “Last Man Standing” each week.

To facilitate contacts the event will be streamed live via the internet and operators will BLOG in real-time on Twitter and the PAPA System webpage.

A special, limited edition QSL card will be issued to all confirmed contacts.

A schedule of operating times and frequencies will be announced shortly. For more information contact Rob Antonacci and watch the PAPA System Website





EmComm Training

Part of our charter is to prepare to provide emergency communications for the company and community. Although not expressly required WARC officers strongly urge all members to follow the Connecticut ARES training roadmap. All amateur operators volunteering under ARES for events in the community are requested to complete the training program and provide proof in order to be credentialed for activation. ARES is striving to conform to FEMA’s Incident Command System requirements.

WARC is not ready to offer EmComm training as of yet. However, there may be some offerings in your local area. You can check with the league for availability here. Generally, you should complete some prerequisite courses before signing up for an EmComm class.

For more information on ARES training in Connecticut please visit the CT ARES web site and click on the ‘Training’ tab. You may also want to check out the ‘CERT Training’ tab for a more general offering of emergency training in your community.

Recently, the FCC, under direction from Congress, reported on the uses of Amateur radio in emergency situations. You can read it here.


WARC holds successful first VE session


One of the objectives on our club is to grow the ranks of new ham operators. Since many of our members were not yet licensed the club decided to hold its first class for those looking to get on the air. Club vice-president George Parson (W1GHP) offered to instruct the class of fourteen students over the course of many weeks. Jay Ballard (W1JHB) and Jonathan Glastris (KB1WSD) were on hand to help demonstrate the real aspects of the curriculum. Meanwhile, other members were planning to execute the test session as VE’s. Rod Lane (N1FNE), Mike Nagorski (N1JJX), Ted Szypulski (K2GAV), and Don Skinner (N1HWR) officiated the VE session on June 12 and scored each participant’s test per ARRL rules. The result? All fourteen students passed their tests and are now licensed radio operators! Congratulations to all our new licensees. Next, George will consider holding some classes for upgrading existing licensees. Since this was our first VE session there were some things the VE’s took away to make our next test session run more smoothly. We hope to be able to offer test sessions for operators outside of the club on a periodic basis and give back to the community at large.

W1GHP (seated) with first WARC Technician graduates - June 12-2012

Getting ready!

We are getting ready for our first transmission using our club call sign…

Ted Szypulski, K2GAV, warms up our radio prior to our first contact using our club call sign

Don Skinner, N1HWR, gives an interview for ITK, our internal employee-only website